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Taoiseach accused of blocking inquiry into Estuary plant

Claims that Rusal Aughinish Alumina, the largest alumina plant in Europe, used lobbyist Frank Dunlop as its “fixer” have been levelled in the Dáil, writes Dan Danaher. Deputy Paul Murphy told the Dáil on Wednesday afternoon he wanted to raise a “shocking example of where the state is failing to protect the well-being of people”. “Those living in the shadow of the Aughinish Alumina plant in County Limerick have suffered massively from the toxic pollution from that plant.” “People have gotten sick, animals have died and livelihoods have been wiped out by the pollution. When an investigation was done into the health impacts of the plant, Aughinish used the notorious Frank Dunlop as their fixer. “Later 18 medical samples from Pat Geoghegan and his family mysteriously disappeared.” Deputy Murphy said when the Taoiseach was Health Minister he was on record as supporting an independent inquiry into the missing samples. However, Deputy Murphy claimed Deputy Martin did a “u-turn” and ended …

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WATCH: TD’s ‘ticking time bomb’ claim about Estuary facility

TWO large Bauxite Residue Disposal Areas (BRDA) totalling an estimated 450 acres are akin to a “ticking time bomb” on the site of the largest European alumina facility located near the Shannon Estuary, a Dáil deputy has claimed. In a hard-hitting statement issued in the Dáil this week, Deputy Paul Murphy of People Before Profit claimed “there is a toxic time bomb ticking at Rusal Aughinish Alumina Limited (AAL) near Askeaton”. . “I remember visiting it when it was Aughinish Alumina, almost ten years ago, and meeting local campaigner Pat Geoghegan, who I believe the Taoiseach met when he was Minister for Health. I saw a massive, red mud storage area, which is now so big it can be seen from space. “It comprises 50 million tonnes of toxic waste. Uranium, lead, mercury and hazardous salt cake are contained within it. “It seeps into the estuary, it kills wildlife and it threatens public health. It is a result of bauxite …

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Limerick march against water charges

Protesters from all over the Mid-West are expected to attend a major march against water charges in Limerick this Saturday, assembling at the City Hall at 2pm. The protest will be addressed by Deputy Paul Murphy and will hear a new song from Urban Dreamers, the Limerick band from Bressie’s Teenage Kicks TV show. It has also received support from Rubberbanditts who retweeted the protest details today.​ With the first Irish Water bills arriving in Limerick this morning, the We Won’t Pay campaign have called for people to join their ‘Bin the Bills’ protest on Saturday, Councillor Cian Prendiville says they want a big turn out to “show the Government that we will not be bullied, and boost the confidence of those unsure whether to boycott or not”. Around 39,000 water bills were delivered across the country this morning, with more due in the weeks ahead.

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